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Issues In Professional Practice And Their Implementation In Engineering Curricula

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.268.1 - 2.268.8



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Samuel P. Clemence

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Daniel J. McGinley

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Session 2515

Issues in Professional Practice and Their Implementation in Engineering Curricula

Samuel P. Clemence, Daniel J. McGinley Syracuse University/Institute for Professional Practice

A successful career in engineering is dependant not only on the engineer’s technical expertise, experience, and ability to solve problems, it is also imperative to have the acumen to foresee and manage many of the nontechnical issues which are integral to the successful management of any project. Until recently, most engineering students and young practicing engineers have not been formally exposed to these issues.

In the proposed Engineering Criteria 20001 that has been developed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) it clearly states (Criterion 3. Program Outcomes and Assessment) “Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have…(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.” This requirement, coupled with specific proposed Program Criteria2 (e.g. Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering) stating “Graduates of the program must demonstrate an understanding of professional practice issues” warrants proven methods for delivering professional practice and ethics education.

The Institute for Professional Practice (IPP) has developed an innovative approach to include these important subjects in the engineering curriculum. This paper will describe several ways of implementing issues in profesional practice either through the ABET-required major design experience or as separate elective courses.

Background of the Institute

The Institute for Professional Practice was originated in 1989 by ASFE - Professional Firms Practicing in the Geosciences (originally the Association of Soil and Foundation Engineers) with funds derived from an international conference held in San Francisco a few years previously. While this geotechnical engineering group provided the impetus for establishing the Institute, it was set up as a separate, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to serve the entire spectrum of engineering practice in the United States.

To date, virtually all of the Institute’s funding has been derived from returns on the invested original capital, donations from ASFE, Terra Insurance Company, the DPIC Companies, and pledges and contributions from individuals and firms in the national consulting engineering community who constitute the founding members of IPP’s Heritage Society. The purpose of the Heritage Society is to encourage financial support for the Institute and to recognize those who have made a commitment to the Institute.

Clemence, S. P., & McGinley, D. J. (1997, June), Issues In Professional Practice And Their Implementation In Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6657

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